Reserves & Observatories

Chapel Marsh Pit

Chapel St Leonards

Visit Chapel Marsh Pit - this flooded pit with marginal reed beds and aquatic plants, such as water-crowfoot and great reed mace provides the ideal home for various species of duck and many other birds.

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  • AccessibleAccessible
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome
  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

About Chapel Marsh Pit

Chapel Marsh Pit was created in 1953 after clay was extracted to repair the sea defences. The flooded pit has marginal reedbeds and aquatic plants with planting screens of willows round the banks of the pits to reduce disturbance to birds.

What you will see

15 species of duck recorded, mainly as winter visitors with grebes, divers and wild swans also often seen in winter. In summer breeding species include reed and sedge warblers, lesser whitethroat, and great crested and little grebes. In August and September thousands of migrating swallows and house martins roost in the reedbeds.

entry & prices

Car park charges in place during peak months (April 15th - October 31st).

Car park open 6:00 - 22:00, charges apply 10:00 - 17:00.

One hour stay
Up to two hours
Over two hours

No parking is permitted overnight between 22:00 and 6:00.

Disabled badge holders will be exempt from charges.

No vehicles over 6m allowed.

Please pay by phone or online. There will be no facilities to take payment for parking on site either via cash or card, and visitors will be required to pay through APCOA Connect.

APCOA Connect

more information

Chapel Pit
Chapel St Leonards
PE24 5XH